Volag drops the ball in Memphis too!

Directly on the heels of the expose in the Salt Lake City Tribune about federal contractors not fullfilling their contracts for resettling refugees comes a story from Memphis, TN that Catholic Charities must not be doing its job there.   The volags (supposedly voluntary agencies) sign a contract with the federal government to supply basic needs when refugees are sent to resettle in one of their territories.

From the sound of this Catholic Charities isn’t helping them find jobs either (another contractual requirement):

The refugees face daunting challenges when they first arrive, Slover (Methodist Community leader) said. Many of them are sponsored by Catholic Charities, which provides plane tickets and a place for them to live after they arrive. But after that they are on their own to find furnishings and a job and adjust to life.

And, besides Catholic Charities doesn’t give them a plane ticket, you do, as a taxpayer.  It is supposed to be a loan, but the volags get to keep 25% of what they collect from the refugee.

Just basic things these refugees didn’t get—the same old story:

“They greatly appreciate whatever they can get,” Slover said. He described the first time he helped deliver a couch, bed and stove to a large family that had only a microwave and a few kitchen chairs in their apartment.
“They were so excited to get the stuff, and the grandmother came up and hugged me,” Slover said. 

Read the rest of the story here.

Greeley, CO Update: Somali community organizers meet with city officials

Things appear to have been quiet in Greeley, Co since all the hubbub over Somalis being fired at the Swift meatpacking plant a few weeks ago.   I previously surmised it was because CAIR is involved and a lawsuit is in the works.   

Here is a story from a few days ago reporting that Somali community organizers are meeting with town officials to be sure “what happened at Swift doesn’t happen again.”   Hat tip:  Blulitespecial.  So what does that mean?   What does the town have to do with a labor/management issue.    It looks to me like the Somalis are expecting some sort of special treatment.

The Tribune article begins:

A group of East African residents has begun monthly meetings with Greeley leaders following last month’s dispute about prayer breaks at JBS Swift & Co., and subsequent firing of about 120 Muslim workers.

Five members of the East African Community Council met with social service representatives, Realizing Our Community and Greeley Mayor Ed Clark earlier this week. The next meeting is planned for Nov. 3 at the Greeley Recreation Center.

Members of the East African Council, some of whom tried to mediate the dispute between JBS Swift and the Muslim workers, on Monday gathered information about local education, social service and employment options for the local East African community.

The point of the dialogue with city leaders, said council member Graen Isse, is “so what happened at Swift won’t happen again.”

About 16 of the fired workers got their jobs back at JBS Swift, Isse said, while another 20 found employment elsewhere in town. About 50 to 60 in the group are still looking for work, he said, and they are generally looking for assembly or cleaning jobs where they don’t have to speak English.

Yes, no sense knocking yourselves out learning English.

The article is pretty ho-hum but check out the comments, they are pretty lively.  One commenter asked if the meetings are open to the public.  I assume Colorado has an open government law where meetings involving elected officials are open,  and those of you who want to attend should just attend!

For readers trying to catch up on this story we have an entire category on it here.